In Japan most pepole know the common Gyaru GAL Styles such as Kogal, or Ganguro, but most people don’t know the difference or actualy how many differnt styles there are! Here is a detailed description of many of the different Gyaru GAL Styles.
A girl who chooses to follow the look of Namie Amuro…who is rumored to have started the kogal fashion trend with her tan skin and light brown hair and pre-disposition to wear tiny skirts and high boots.
Despite popular belief B-Gyaru aren’t trying to look like Black women, they are copying R&B artists who are predominately African American. The style is distinguishable only by a very dark tan(whereas Yamanba/Ganguro/Gonguro are mostly tan make-up or bronzer, the B-Gyaru tan is 100% permanent with upkeep of course) and the hairstyles which are mostly micro-braids, cornrows, and almost always extensions.
Banba / Bamba
The style is much more raaku (rock) than the previous gal styles. The style is characterized by fishnet and bright colors but most importantly high stiletto boots and as much streetwalker apparel as a gal is allowed outside of Las Vegas. Not to be confused with Manba, though the hair styles are very similar. A Banba can be classified by pale or dark skin depending on preference. The teased bee-hive-esque do seem to be a favorite (think Elvira) as well as the bright colors.
Baika / Bozosoku
Biker style is characterized by lots of black/bright colors, and leather, chains, and plaid. The style is usually isolated to Banba/Bambas, but there are exceptions. The style is surprisingly feminine and nods to the Vivienne Westwood-punk-bondage styles of the 70′s/80′s in the U.K. Light white panda make-up is applied to the corners as well as some black liner for contour. The hair is usually similar to banba style but can also be cornrows/braids/or faux-hawks. A popular follower of Baika style is Hiromi Endo who epitomizes it with her fierce expression and up until recently jet black hair…which is uncharacteristic for a GAL to remain raven-headed.
Any of the above or remaining GAL styles, but the GAL loves Cocolulu and often drapes herself in lots of labels such as cocolulu logo jeans and a cocolulu monogram bag.
Moderately tanned gyaru. One of the first styles to emerge when “Kogal” began tanning more heavily and took the initiative to take contouring make-up (the white on the bridge of the nose and through the eyes) to a new level. They tend to wear GAL brands as well as whatever the new trend is. The hairstyles usually lean more towards soft waves or stick straight hair with plenty of volume or spiral curled ends. Fake nails are a must or at least some hint of a manicure. Footwear is seasonal, but I can tell you go-go boots and tube top skirts are out.
Ganjiro / Shiro Gyaru
This style pertains to any GAL who chooses not to tan but follows all of the other gal trends. They even go above and beyond the call of duty to remain “bihaku”(beautifully white) and apply sun-block. Some ganjiro choose a light bronze skintone but never tan religiously. It’s not the tan that makes you GAL it’s the attitude and way of carrying yourself…as well as the fashions you tend to wear. Ganjiro can still be any of the previous fashions other than Gonguro and Ganguro, some even slick on orange make-up and pretend to be Yamanba for a day…many Yamanba are very pale under all the make-up.
Gonguro / Ganguro
This style like Ganguro is taken up a notch. This style requires a super dark tan, super white contouring make-up, and white lipstick. Sometimes bleached white or silver streaked hair is also common.
Meaning Princess GAL it is a style characterized by pink make-up and long eyelashes as well as either tan or very light skin. Huge hair in a bouffant/beehive is practically the uniform. Himegyaru wear Liz Lisa typically because the brand sums up the style. Lots of fur and rich materials as well as lace and velvet are common. High heels are always a must, as well as a good structured handbag preferably white, black, or pink. Animal prints as well as rhinestones, roses, orchids, and other flowers. Pearl and cameo inlays and beadwork on nails is a big trend. Hair is teased up on top and curled tightly in spirals on the bottom. Hair color is always caramel, black, or dark brown. Rarely is hair dyed white and never unnatural colors. Casual Himegyaru can be confused with Oneegyaru.
Kogyaru / Kogal
A high school girl who chooses to hinder her skin tone and hair color to go against standards set by her school to dictate what she wears or doesn’t wear, kogal are set apart from others because of their need to stay “Kawaii” (Cute) ?and one step ahead of fashion trends.
A girl not yet in high school but in junior high who follows GAL fashion.
Manba / Mamba
The updated version of Yamamba, is for the most part exactly the same only the make-up is much more powdery and blended better, and often the clothing is Alba Rosa, Cocolulu, and fairly non-beach related clothing. However, 4 inch strappy sandals and Capri pants are all too common.
A GAL who is typically in her early to mid twenties that has reformed her previously wild GAL style into a sophisticated, and understated form of Ganguro. Many oneegyaru still tan and dye their hair light brown or blonde but choose to wear labels like Louis Vuitton, YSL, and Chanel.
Rasta style is big in Japan so of course it is big in GAL style also, characterized by Jamaican flags, red-green-yellow, Bob Marley, and lots of straw handbags or hemp clothing. Not to be confused with B-Gyaru but can be sort of a spin-off also.
A style that is too often called “Lolita Gal” but is rather Ro, as in romantic, and Manba who wear lots of pink and lots of lace. Romanba wear lots of Marie-chan and lots of pearls and flowers. Though similar to the idea of the Lolita Style. It is far from it. Typical brands are Pinky Girls and Liz Lisa. The skin tone is always very dark and the make-up is the same as Yamanba.
Sentaa / Sentaa Guy
Sentaa or Sentaa Guys as for lack of a better term male Manbas…They wear the same Alba Rosa pants and have the same long lion manes teased up 4 inches. They wear the same make-up and even dress in tons of pink. One common difference is the amount of jewelry accosted by a Sentaa-Kun…usually tons of beaded “raver” bracelets or Madonna-esque jelly bracelets cling to their super tan arms. Flip flops are a must…flat ones.
The yanki style is typically combat or stiletto boots, loose pants, and a long jacket often a military one. This style can often can be confused with miruteri (milatary style) which was big during the fall of 05′.
Yamanba / Yamamba
The early form of Manba, characterized by over the top make-up and stickers of popular Disney characters or cartoons as well as jewels or stick-on earrings. The clothing style is heavy “I just got back from Hawaii” complete with lei’s on wrists, necks, ankles and even in hair. Thick Ganguro style “panda” make-up, and usually orange, hot pink, teal blue, blue or bleached white hair. The usual hairstyle is long with many multi-colored extensions with the common long on bottom short on top hairstyle that is all too frequent in Japan.